Houston Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry diagnosed with lymphoma

Second-year Houston Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry has been diagnosed with lymphoma, the team announced on Tuesday.

Quessenberry, 23, was placed on the non-football injury list. He battled fatigue and a persistent cough last week, when the cause was discovered.

Texans executive vice president and GM Rick Smith issued a statement on behalf of the team:

“Our medical community here in Houston is the best in the world,” Smith said. “We are extremely confident in the care and treatment David will receive. He is a fighter and a courageous young man and we look forward to his full and complete recovery. We will continue to support him and his family and look forward to his return to the team. “

Rep 1 Sports, which represents Quessenberry, also released a statement, saying that he is suffering from a form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma:

"It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that a member of our REP 1 Family has been diagnosed with Lymphoma. Houston Texans 23-year-old offensive lineman, David Quessenberry, will be leaving the game for an extended period of time while he undergoes treatment for Non-Hodgkins T Lymphoblastic Lymphoma.

"David was diagnosed with the illness last Tuesday. He believed he had been suffering from a chest cold when he experienced shortness of breath at a Texans practice on June 3rd. David was admitted to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston later that day, where he immediately began treatment that evening.

"The goal of David's treatment is to cure the disease, so he can return to the life that he has worked so hard to earn. David is extremely positive and determined to win this fight against cancer. Our love for David is strong and we are praying for him and his family during this difficult time. All of your positive thoughts and prayers for David are encouraged and appreciated."

The day he was diagnosed, Quessenberry issued this tweet:

Since being drafted in 2013, Quessenberry has suffered a few setbacks, per the Houston Chronicle, but the team was high on his potential prior to the diagnosis. He did not play a game as a rookie last season but was expected to compete for a role, but alas his second NFL season is now over as well.

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